Outnumbered, over the last 7 years, has shown us the lives of the ever-challenged Brockman family, and every series has had individual charm. While the earlier series played on the young innocence, this final series works as the humour originates from Ben and Jake's attempts to be mature, and Karen's attempts to to fit in with secondary school.
Two things make this the programme it is: the script and the VERY talented cast. The script, part written and part improvised, exposes the stanard british family to watch and the humour comes from the range of topic discussed, ranging from broken prisoners, football and the deep psychology of Sigmund Freud. The comedy works so well because we relate to the daily mishaps of the Brockman family with a poignant realism. The cast is also excellent, and while I love many three performances really stand out. Firstly, Ramona Marquez as Karen: the quirkly 11-year-old with more maturity than any adult, Tyger Drew-Honey: a fit young man desperatly seeking maturity, and most impressivley Claire Skinner, the ever stressed mum. Without the amazing cast, this series would never have worked - the relationship between them all is excellent and provides much of the humour in this series - for example Jake trying to persuade his mum to be more strict and Karen's reaction to losing a swimming competition.
Many thought that this series would not work, as the main stars - the children - had grown too old to provide the humour the sitcom is famous for. Although this humour remains, it is to an extent lesser. However a new, equally unique, humour has replaced it with the slightly-older children and the series still works amazingly well, and observes a unique sense of individuality. It's a shame that the series is ending but this was an excellent way to bow out - an excellent sitcom well worth it's weight in gold!